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Budget work begins again after override defeat

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Voters defeated a $800,000 Proposition 2½ override by more than a 2-1 ratio recently, and Town Administrator Frank Lynam said a Special Town Meeting will be set soon to determine the municipal budget. He said town officials will probably recommend a budget similar to that put forward before the addition of the 3 percent override request, which equaled $515,000. “What happens now depends of what Town Meeting decides,” Lynam said. Lynam said he was not surprised by the override’s failure as “people are very anxious about their financial circumstances.” Ruth Gilbert-Whitner, superintendent of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, said many residents have expressed their disappointment at the failure of the measure that would have added would have added $210,411 to the schools budget. That budget will not need to be voted on again since the override was put through as a separate request, she said. Gilbert-Whitner said three staff members will be laid off and the priority has been on maintaining a strong core curriculum and on keeping class sizes to below 30 students per class.

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